Often times but itchiness and discomfort is avoided. People even shy away from talking about it. However, if you experience itchiness around your butthole or but crack or anywhere near your anal area, you must take it seriously. Just recently, a mother of a 5-year-old girl found out that she had a 1-centimetre pinworm living and laying eggs in her anus. She was continuously experiencing itchiness around the anus and bleeding, as per the Insider. Pinworms are said to be one of the most common infections, affecting mostly children. Although the infection and the whole idea of worms living inside you butthole may make you nauseated, it is important to maintain hygiene down there to avoid the discomforting symptoms. However, you must know that such infections do not cause serious health issues. Here's more about Pinworm infection, or Enterobius vermicularis:
What Pinworm infection or Enterobius vermicularis?
One of the most commonly found infection in people and their babies, Pinworm infection is also known as enterobiasis. The human parasitic disease is caused by the pinworms that infest the anal area and sometimes the small intestine. The infection is spread amongst people via pinworm eggs. They can survive for up to three weeks in the anal area and are a result of people swallowing the eggs of the parasites. The contamination can take place via hands while eating certain foods or other things that may have the eggs on them. Kids are said to be most at the risk of such infection because they go to school and it is difficult to maintain hygiene with them. People living in health care institution or prison or come in contact with other people who may be infected are at risk too.
The symptoms of the infection may go unnoticed for long as they may be ignored as mere discomfort. Itching around the vagina and anus, irritability, and nausea are some of the common symptoms. Check out the symptoms of Pinworm infection:
- The main symptom includes, frequent and strong urges of itching of the anal area.
- The discomfort may lead to restless sleep.
- Bleeding, pain, rash, skin inflammation around the anus.
- Pinworms clearly visible in the anal area.
- Pinworms in the stool.
How to Prevent Pinworms And Maintain Hygiene
Simple hygiene methods can help you prevent pinworms while also maintaining the overall hygiene of your buttcrack and anal area. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Clean your anal area with clean water every day.
- Make sure to wash your hands with water and soap after using the toilet or eating.
- In the case of infants, make sure you clean your hands and the butt area of the baby while changing diapers.
- Always wash your hands before preparing food, especially for babies.
- Clean your fingernails and trim them from time to time. Keep checking for dirt underneath.
- Avoid nail-biting or scratching habits among kids.
- Shower daily.
- Wear clean underwear and clothing daily.
- Wash your clothes and undergarments with hot water and use hot air in the dryer when cleaning bedding, clothing, and towels.
- Pinworm eggs are sensitive to sunlight, make sure you have a sunlit home.
How To Get Rid Of Pinworms (Watch Video):
Pinworm infections do not cause any serious health hazard. Simple hygiene practices can help you prevent such infections that cause discomfort. Parents must keep checking their children for such infections, especially amongst infants who are unable to communicate. Certain OTC medicines also help relieve the symptoms.